The world was stunned in the very early morning hours of Friday, March 26 as a cargo ship lost power and ended up slamming into the Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore, Maryland. Now a Louisiana company is working on a vessel that will help with recovery efforts.

Metal Shark Boats out of Jeannerette is a company that specializes in making boats and vessels made specifically for certain projects, and they are currently working on a project to assist in the recovery process at the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Metal Shark President Nate Geiger says what they do on projects truly matters. He says, "We actively support those who serve and protect."

One of the workers Troy Segura told report Jeff Horchek how each piece of equipment is specifically manufactured by them to fit directly into the next piece.

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Matthew Henderson says their engineers design each individual project and vessel. At that point, the welders will put the product together.

In addition to building a vessel to help out with the situation regarding cleanup in Baltimore, they are currently working on 100 vessels for the United States Navy.

Geiger explains how they were called in to help with this project,

I got a text message from the crew and they are out there retrieving bodies and there is a boat that we are building for them and they are saying why this boat matters.

The vessels are built for a specific purpose and businesses and institutions across the globe call on them to create the kind of boat they need to get the job done. And that's what is happening with their project for the bridge in Baltimore.

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An example of this is how the company made 23-foot boats for the military in Ukraine to use in their defense against Russia. Click here to read more about that project.

Because of the many organizations that depend on Metal Shark Boats, they are actively recruiting for a variety of positions.

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